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Auburn University’s College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment announces retirement of Scott Enebak, Professor and Former Associate Dean

By February 28, 2023May 15th, 2023No Comments

Auburn University’s College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment, or CFWE, has announced the retirement of Scott Enebak, former Dwain G. Luce professor and associate dean of academic affairs.

Enebak is an expert in forest pathology, mycology, forest regeneration and forest-seedling production systems. While at Auburn, Enebak taught Forest Health, Seedling Production and Forest Biology Forest Biology as part of the Forestry Summer Practicum at the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center.

In his most recent role, Enebak served as associate dean of academic affairs for CFWE from 2015-22. He also served as the director of the Southern Forest Nursery Management Cooperative for 18 years. This cooperative is a regional industry and state sponsored research program examining the production of forest seedings used in reforestation programs in the Southern U.S.

During his tenure as Forestry Club advisor, acorns were collected from the original Toomer’s Oaks and sold as a fundraiser for undergraduate scholarships. A handful of the original 2003 Toomer’s Oaks descendants were planted on Samford Lawn walkway to be enjoyed by future generations.

Over his 27 years employed by the college, Enebak received several outstanding awards for undergraduate instruction, research and outreach. He was recently added to the Alabama Forester’s Hall of Fame.

Enebak received a Bachelor of Science in forestry and a master’s degree in forest pathology from the University of Minnesota before earning his doctorate from West Virginia University in 1992 in plant pathology.

Enebak and his wife, Debbie, plan to remain in Auburn, where they will continue to manage their forestland. They also plan to visit their children and grandchildren, who live around the country.

“The college has greatly benefitted from Enebak’s work in the classroom, with the Southern Forest Nursery Management Cooperative and as the associate dean of academic affairs,” said Janaki Alavalapati, dean of the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment. “We recognize the time, resources and expertise that he has poured into the college and are grateful for his tireless work to further our mission.”

(Written by Avanelle Elmore)

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